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Richard de la Pole

Birthplace: Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England
Death: August 01, 1345 (45-54)
London, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William de la Pole and Elena Rotenheryng
Husband of Joan Chaworth
Father of Joan Bassett; Margaret de la Pole; William de la Pole, “the Younger”; John de la Pole and Elizabeth de la Pole
Brother of William de la Pole and John de la Pole

Occupation: Merchant at Hull
Office: King’s Butler
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About Richard de la Pole

Richard de la Pole married Joan (?)1

He held the office of King's Butler.1 He lived at London, EnglandG.1

Children of Richard de la Pole and Joan (?)

  • Joan de la Pole+1
  • William de la Pole1


WILLIAM de la Pole, son of ---. Merchant at Hull. m as her first husband, ELENA, daughter of ---. She married secondly John Rotenheryng of Hull.

William & his wife had three children:

  • 1. RICHARD (-1345). m ---. The name of Richard´s wife is not known. ...Richard & his wife had one child:
    • a) WILLIAM (-1366). m MARGARET Peverel, daughter of ---. William & his wife had one child:
      • i) JOHN . m (contract 21 Oct 1362) JOAN Cobham, daughter of JOHN Lord Cobham & his wife Margaret de Courtenay (-1388). John & his wife had one child:
        • (a) JOAN (-13 Jan 1434, bur Cobham). Baroness Cobham. m firstly RICHARD Hemenhale, son of ---. m secondly RICHARD Braybrooke, son of ---. m thirdly NORMAN Hawberk, son of ---. m fourthly JOHN Oldcastle, son of ---. m fifthly JOHN Harpeden, son of ---.

The origins of the family are obscured by the destruction of their papers in the peasants revolt of 1381, but their fame was built on the foundations of the 14th century merchant class. William de la Pole (c.1290-1366) and his brother Richard (d.1345) built a wool business in Hull, Yorkshire. From there they became closely connected with the Royal court, lending large amounts of money which delivered interest as high as 22%. As Edward III’s finances suffered, so did the de la Pole’s, and indeed king and de la Poles fell out badly. But by the time of his death, William’s influence had seen the introduction of the staple and the royal and merchants monopolistic dominance of the wool trade; while the family fortunes rode high; William’s widow was living in comfort with over £200 a year, and his son William was called to parliament as a knight 5 months before William died, not doubt to his enormous satisfaction- the de la Poles had made the jump from Merchant to noble.

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Richard de la Pole's Timeline

Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England
Cobham, Kent, England
London, Middlesex, England
August 1, 1345
Age 50
London, Middlesex, England